Meet The Team
Creativity needs to extend beyond the lens. Straight up tenacity, hard work and determination will always be a part of the equation, so get to it.
Bryan's Favorite Quote,
by Jimmy Chin
A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it.
Katie's Favorite Quote,
by Irving Penn
What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.
John's Favorite Quote,
by Karl Lagerfeld
Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
Matt's Favorite Quote,
by Elliot Erwitt
"There’s a time when people say your work is revolutionary, but you have to keep being revolutionary. You have to keep changing, keep pushing yourself, looking for the new, the unusual."
Erica's Favorite Quote, by Rankin
"THE HARDEST PART ABOUT ERICA AND HER CREW BEING
so talented IS DECIDING WHICH IMAGES TO FRAME IN OUR HOME"
– Teddi and Darren
Owner & Founder
I'm Erica, Owner, Founder & CEO of Emerald Stone Photography.
I started my full time Wedding Photography & Business Journey after my beautiful daughter Kayleigh was born. I've always been entrepreneurial, I love people, and I enjoy dabbling in lots of different challenges at once.
I am a 2006 graduate of the Art Institute of York, giving me over 13 years of experience in the Digital Arts, Photography & Business fields. I bring a blend of modern, artistic and photojournalistic photography together to create meaningful photos that you will love and cherish.
We’ve been named TOP 5% of Wedding Photographers in the US!
We've won 4 Awards with WeddingWire's Couples Choice Awards
We have an abundance of raving reviews from our clients + a 5 Star Rating on Google
We’ve been Featured on Say Yes to the Dress!
We’ve been published in the Baltimore Sun
Right now, ESP is a proud team of 6, and guess what... we’re still growing! and still growing...
My grandfather has always been one to get the details right. Use the best archival materials, keep learning and create something worth keeping. Heirlooms. It’s how I was raised.
I try to incorporate those life lessons in everything I do, from picture-taking to parenting my little girl, and being a good husband. Your memories are important, and I respect that. As a photographer, my goal is to create timeless portraits that are influenced by my love of cinema. Bright, clean and vibrant colors, captured photographs that reflect the client, not the pose.
I’m a technical guy, and I love to use flash lighting to enhance the photograph. I don’t want to be limited by natural light but I strive to create a finished photograph that embraces it, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Some say that editing makes the photograph. I disagree. While some minor editing may be necessary, a well-composed, beautiful portrait doesn’t require it.
What is required is a connection. You need to feel comfortable with inviting a photographer into your special day. You want to feel that click. I do too. Yes, I’m a photographer by trade, but I think it’s more than a business transaction. My photography is based on strong family traditions and values. This business is based on relationships, developed over time. I’d like to be the one you turn to for those exciting times in your lives.
High-End Lighting Styles & Creative Night Time Photography.
No matter who you are or where you're from, you have a story.
Together we share and celebrate your journey!
I'm a believer of love, light, and happiness. They all belong together hand in hand. I'm a mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend. I wear a lot of hats! But my favorite by far is being a mom! Motherhood is such a blessing. I learn something new daily and appreciate all of the little things so much more. My daughters birth sparked my passion for photography. When she was born I knew I needed to document every stage of this roller coaster of a life we were going to have together.
Golden-Hour Photography (the hour before sundown!) & Candid/Lifestyle.
VIEW BRYAN'S PORTFOLIO, HERE.
Hi, I am Bryan! I recently got married in December 2018 to my beautiful wife Laikyn, and I am the father of two crazy, furry children. When it comes to the way I live my life, I would say I follow my heart and don’t necessarily take the wide path. I decided to skip out on college and a 9 to 5 job to chase a dream and my passion.
At the core of who I am, you will find a math and science geek. I love knowing the how’s and the why’s, and I love thinking creatively and challenging my brain. I love using natural light and flash in creative ways to bounce and reflect, illuminating my subject and capturing fleeting moments in the most beautiful way possible. To me, photography is an art, which requires a trained eye and the ability to think outside the box. Each image is a priceless moment and work of art that will stand the test of time.
Modern & Artistic Luxury Lighting Style & Exceptional Documentary Imagery.
I’m Katie, and I am so excited to be a part of Emerald Stone Photography! I am the Creative Assistant, and although I work behind-the-scenes, I am thrilled to play even the smallest role in your wedding day.
I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a degree in English, and I have been working in the wedding industry ever since. I absolutely adore all things writing and reading, and one of my passions is creating words to match the elegance and beauty of your big day. Sharing your journey and your love for one another is so important, and I am honored to be a part of a team that makes this the highest priority.
I can’t wait to share not only the incredible photos from the Emerald Stone Photography team but your beautiful love story as well. Cheers!
Coming up with Amazing Content for Your Wedding Day Images, and getting them Featured on a wide variety of online blogs.
Luxury Image Editor
I'm John, Luxury Image Editor for Emerald Stone Photography & Owner of RAW Honey Studio. I understand how important the aesthetic of Emerald Stone's images are to their brand. They've undoubtedly spent several years cultivating their own "look" for your pictures. As part of the on-boarding process, I work closely with Erica (Owner of Emerald Stone) to match her base look, ensuring your entire finished gallery is representative of the Emerald Stone Brand.
High End Professional Post-Production & Image Management.
Hi, I'm Matt! I work with Emerald Stone's Lead Photographers to help plan and set up at weddings, operate lighting & photo equipment, and offer creative and technical advice to the photographer(s) on your Wedding Day. I also keep track of your wedding schedule, shot lists, assist with family & bridal party formals, and pay great attention to detail during every event throughout your day.
Assisting the ESP Lead Photographer with High-End Lighting & other Luxury Equipment.